SAN DIEGO, November 18, 2013 – With less than a week before the biggest bout of the fall 2013 boxing season, events are ramping up for Manny Pacquiao versus Brandon Rios in Macau, China, being billed as “The Clash in Cotai.”
Eight division champion Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and former lightweight titlist Ríos (31-1-1, 22 KOs) meet at the Venetian Macau’s Cotai Arena. The fight will be shown on HBO pay per view on Saturday November 23, at 9 p.m. ET. Communities Digital News will host a live online chat starting at 7 p.m. ET with the televised undercard fights.
Short of hopping on a trans Pacific flight in the next few days and snagging one of the last remaining ringside seats, there will be plenty of ways for fight fans to enjoy the action from afar.
ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes will air a selection of previous fights by Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios including Pacquiao-Marquez III, Rios-Alvarado I; also Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya. Check listings for specific times.
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and HBO will air repeats of the first two episodes of “24/7 Pacquiao/Ríos, HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning all-access reality series, following both fighters as they prepare for their showdown throughout the week. Check listings for showtimes. Friday and Saturday, the third and final episode will be added to the schedule leading up to Saturday’s bout.
ESPN Sports Center, 9 p.m. ET
Live interviews with Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios, trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, and others nightly on Sports Center
Wednesday, November 20
Pacquiao vs. Ríos Final Live News Conference ESPN3 and TopRank.com/Livestream, 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT; rebroadcast at 6 p.m. ET
Thursday, November 21
Final episode of “24/7: Pacquiao-Rios,” 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
HBO will air its final installment of the documentary series following both fighters and their camps leading up to the bout.
Friday November 22
Fighter Weigh-In, HBO, 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT
HBO, ESPN3, and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) will broadcast the weigh-in for the fight live at 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT.
Saturday, November 23
Live Pay Per View Broadcast, HBO PPV, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. ET (undercard fights)
ESPN3 will carry Pacquaio vs. Ríos non-televised undercard fights Saturday starting at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN Deportes’ “Golpe a Golpe” will air a special live pre-fight show with Jorge Eduardo Sánchez, Bernard Osuna, and boxer Juan Manuel Márquez reporting live from Macau at 7 p.m. ET. Following the fights, ESPN Deportes will air a special post-fight show live on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. ET (11 p.m. PT).
On Twitter, follow the hashtag #PacRios along with #TeamPacquiao and #TeamRios to keep up with the online conversation. You can follow the discussion via the world’s leading boxing media, fighters, trainers and fans via my Boxing list on Twitter.
Communities Digital News will keep you up to date with all of the latest news and developments right up to fight time Saturday. For fight night we will host a Live Online Chat starting with the televised undercard fights starting at 7 p.m. ET
Communities Ring Side provides blow by blow live commentary and real-time photos invitng you to share your reaction to all the action. See you ringside on Saturday.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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